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SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT

SYMPTOM ALERT

If you experience any of the following, call your doctor immediately: 

  • Temperature of 101 degrees or higher, shaking, or chills

  • Diarrhea more than four times per day

  • Unable to drink for 24 hours

  • Vomiting even though you have taken nausea medications

  • Difficulty swallowing or sores in the mouth

  • Blood in your urine, stool, or vomit

  • Coughing up blood           

  • Unusual bruising

REMEMBER TO NOTIFY THE DOCTOR BEFORE:

  • Having any dental work or minor surgeries

  • Receiving any immunizations or vaccines

  • Traveling long distance or leaving the country

NAUSEA & VOMITING MEDICATIONS

You may be prescribed additional medication to control the side effects of Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) from your treatment

  • Zofran or Kytril: take one tablet the morning after chemotherapy

  • Compazine (10mg): take one tablet every 6 hours for 3 days following your chemotherapy treatment even if not experiencing nausea

  • Phenergan suppositories (25 mg): insert one rectally every 6 hours as needed, to be taken in addition to oral medication when nausea and vomiting persists

TAKE THE MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED FOR THE SPECIFIED NUMBER OF DAYS WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING NAUSEA. DO NOT SKIP DOSES

COPING WITH SIDE EFFECTS

If you have questions about side effects, you are not alone. Before starting chemotherapy, most patients are concerned about what side effects they will have and what they will be like. Once treatments begin, those who do experience side effects want to know the best way to cope with them.

Remember that not every person experiences every side effect, and some patients experience few, if any.

 

Whether you have a particular side effect, and its severity will depend on the kind of chemotherapy you get and how your body reacts. The doctor and nurse will discuss which side effects are most likely to occur with your chemotherapy, how long they will last, how serious they might be, and when you should seek medical attention for them.

Always remember if you have any questions please discuss them with your nurse or with your doctor.

Dr. Gabrail is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Please call with any questions AT ANY TIME.

Our office can be reached at (330) 492-3345 for any concerns. If the office is closed, the answering service will forward a message to Dr. Gabrail.

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